a sharp increase in global temperatures

Global

Warming

Gets Real

The early 1980s would mark a sharp increase in global temperatures.

The early 1980s would mark a sharp increase in

global temperatures. Many experts point to 1988

as a critical turning point when watershed

events placed global warming in the

spotlight.The summer of 1988 was the hottest

on record (although many since then have been

hotter). 1988 also saw widespread drought and

wildfires within the United States.

Scientists sounding the alarm about climate change began to see media and the public paying closer attention. NASA scientist James Hansen delivered testimony and presented models to congress in June of 1988, saying he was “99 percent sure” that global warming was upon us.

Born: 29 March 1941

James Hansen

American Professor

Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate

Change

One year later, in 1989,

the Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate

Change (IPCC) was

established.

Under the United Nations to provide a scientific view of climate change and its political and economic impacts.

As global warming gained currency as a

real phenomenon, researchers dug into

possible ramifications of a warming climate

Predictions

of Severe

Weather

Researchers dug into

possible ramifications of

a warming climate.

The worst flood in Sudan took place in August 1988. Among other predictions of global warming were warnings of severe heat waves, droughts and more powerful hurricanes fueled by rising sea surface temperatures.Other studies predicted that as massive glaciers at the poles melt, sea levels could rise between 11 and 38 inches (28 to 98 centimeters) by 2100, enough to swamp many of the cities along the east coast of the United States.

1988-1989
1988-1989
1988-1989
1988-1989
1988-1989